We’re on the doorstep of a major resurgence in women’s wrestling right now. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a handful of strong female in-ring workers, but they’ve been scattered about. A strong women’s division has been lacking, sticking us right smack in the middle of a downswing when it comes to talented ladies in the squared circle, one that’s been going on for far too long.
But it wasn’t always like that.
In fact, a few short years ago, women’s wrestling was thriving, with the WWE Divas division going strong with the likes of Trish Stratus and Lita, and even TNA using their Knockouts as one of the strongest assets they had, built around Gail Kim, Awesome Kong, the Beautiful People and so many others in their cast of personalities that brought me back to the variety of the Attitude Era.
One of the commonalities in those two strong points in women’s wrestling history was Mickie James. Born on the independent circuit as Alexis Laree, Mickie James’ transition to the rosters of TNA, then WWE and back to TNA brought forth a more athletic style than many fans were used to in their mainstream wrestling. Her feud with Trish Stratus remains one of the highpoints in women’s wrestling history period, and her six championships in the WWE, three in TNA, helped established a new generation of female wrestlers who were more than just eye candy. They were performers capable of giving you five-star effort between the ropes every night while sucking you right into the emotional stories in which their characters were involved.
I had the distinct pleasure of talking with Mickie James for a bit at this year’s Florida Supercon, as we discussed the new generation of women’s wrestling that’s on the rise, her feud with Trish, the impact of new motherhood on her career and so much more. Enjoy.